Delaware Valley Friends School has been recognized as an Apple Distinguished School for innovation, leadership, and educational excellence. Apple Distinguished Schools are K–20 schools that provide 24/7, schoolwide, one-to-one access to Apple notebook computers and/or mobile devices to all students, teachers, and administrators. They demonstrate an innovative and compelling learning environment that engages students and provides tangible evidence of academic accomplishment.

On January 7th, 2016, Congressman Ryan Costello (representing the 6th District of PA), congratulated Delaware Valley Friends School on the floor of the United States House of Representatives, on the occasion of our recognition as an Apple Distinguished School.

Read more about our Apple Distinguished School designation here.

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Technology as a Transformative Tool

Innovation, guided by best practices and based on student learning needs, has always be a part of the fabric of Delaware Valley Friends School. As a result of this commitment, DVFS has become a leader in using technology as a transformative educational tool.

Continually evolving technology is essential to and interwoven throughout instruction at DVFS — allowing teachers to remediate skills, accommodate learning, teach compensatory strategies and celebrate their students’ strengths — all in an extremely personalized way.

Our Apple® 1:1 laptop program, established in 1993, was the first of its kind in our region and has continued to be the primary catalyst in encouraging innovation. This powerful tool in the hands of both our students and our educators has created a vibrant, collaborative culture in which new apps and software programs are constantly sought, tested and implemented to provide the best possible learning experience for our students.

DVFS as a Training and Research Center

A school can be deemed successful when it becomes a leading training resource for other professionals.

DVFS has hosted public and independent schools across the region and country who have sought our help in implementing technology in their school setting.

Our students have also been called upon to provide assistive technology demonstrations for several groups of professional educators over the years—sharing how their favorite technologies serve as transformative tools in their individual learning strategies. DVFS students have presented to the national conferences of NAIS (National Association of Independent Schools) and NBOA (National Business Officers Association), to the annual regional conference of the Pennsylvania Branch of the International Dyslexia Association — as well as hosting public demonstrations at local Apple retail stores.

Delaware Valley Friends School welcomes students in grades 3 - 12 with learning differences, particularly in reading (dyslexia), writing (dysgraphia), math (dyscalculia), memory (long-term and work­ing), processing speed, ADHD and executive functioning challenges.

Some ways we currently marry technology to curriculum:

Students with reading difficulties use their MacBooks® and other mobile devices to listen to audio while they read. The audio source may be Learning Ally (formerly Reading for the Blind and Dyslexic), which offers a huge collection of human-narrated audio textbooks and literature with speeds that can be adjusted by its cloud-based interface (DVFS provides each student with a Learning Ally account).

For students with writing challenges who have a strength in verbally articulating their thoughts, the MacBook®’s Dictation function is a critical tool to aid in the writing process. A keyboard shortcut (typically we teach pressing the Function key twice) allows students to quickly produce digital text for a Pages® document, Keynote® presentation, email or any other digital format.

Middle School science club designed and printed a scale model of the solar system using computer-aided drafting software and a 3D printer.

Language Arts teachers access the MacBook®’s camera and use VoiceThread in order to make short videos explaining complex vocabulary that is then uploaded to Haiku as a student resource.

Delaware Valley Friends School
19 E. Central Avenue, Paoli, Pennsylvania 19301
Phone: 610.640.4150
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